Got Weed Questions? Advocate-sponsored marijuana legalization forum Thursday, Oct. 6
Oct03

Got Weed Questions? Advocate-sponsored marijuana legalization forum Thursday, Oct. 6

Marijuana legalization is up for a binding vote on Nov. 8, and people still have a lot of questions about what legal weed would mean for Massachusetts’ residents, economy, and law enforcement. On Thursday, 7 p.m., Oct. 6 at Greenfield Community College, the Valley Advocate, along with additional media sponsors, will host a forum “Should Massachusetts Legalize Marijuana?” People speaking on the topic will include Northwestern District...

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Bike On: Massachusetts invests in bike lanes, but construction funding dips
Oct03

Bike On: Massachusetts invests in bike lanes, but construction funding dips

Massachusetts is among the top five states where bicycle ridership is growing, but it lags in developing the infrastructure to keep riders safe. The lack of bike lanes and trails is a nationwide problem. Massachusetts ranks 15th in the nation for the most bike commuters per capita, according to a 2016 report by the League of American Bicyclists, a nonprofit advocacy group that produces bike “report cards” for each state. Yet only 0.8...

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MELTing the Pain Away: Breakthrough self treatment to relieve chronic pain
Oct03

MELTing the Pain Away: Breakthrough self treatment to relieve chronic pain

Kerrie Bodendorf, a 47 year-old mother of three from Westfield, had all but given up hope of finding relief for her debilitating chronic back pain, which often confined her to her couch for weeks at a time. But in 2010, she accidentally stumbled onto a self-treatment technique that she says changed everything. “MELT gave me my life back,” said Bodendorf. MELT, which stands for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique, is a series of...

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Between the Lines: Domestic Violence in the Next Tent Over
Oct03

Between the Lines: Domestic Violence in the Next Tent Over

A few weeks ago I was at a campground when I heard something going on in the adjacent tent: a woman’s voice softly saying “ow” and “you hit me,” and every now and then a muffled grunt from a man. I was alone and I froze, hoping things wouldn’t escalate. They didn’t. I heard her say something about “moving aside” and then she went to sleep. In the morning, I didn’t say anything about what I had heard, even though I knew which woman was...

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The V-Spot: SOS! I’m Spaced Out During Sex
Oct03

The V-Spot: SOS! I’m Spaced Out During Sex

Yana, I need your expertise! I’m a 19-year-old guy in a hetero relationship. I was pleasuring my partner last night and I realized I stopped being present and could not become present again. She picked up on it and, well, I really wanted to be present for it but I seemed to be stuck in my head, which didn’t make her feel good and wanted. Do you know how I can become more present while sexually active? — Spaced Out Sexually There...

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